Review: Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok (Dusit Club Room)

Review: Dusit Thani, Bangkok (Dusit Club Room)
Bangkok, June 2017




Introduction


Dusit Thani was the first hotel on our trip to South-East Asia in June 2017. We would first stay three nights in Bangkok and then continue our journey to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui respectively.

I picked Dusit for the first two nights because we had a great experience in Hua Hin's Dusit with my wife about two years earlier, and I thought it might be fun to visit Lumphini park - it´s opposite the main entrance.

Dusit Thani Bangkok view to Lumphini


Dusit Thani is Bangkok's first 5 star hotel, and I guess they also had the first outdoor pool in Bangkok. When the hotel started its operation it was the highest building in Bangkok. Now it looks very small compared to the gigantic towers looming everywhere in the city center. That will change in a few years when a new Dusit Thani replaces this old one.




Check-in


Our transfer (Oriental Escape family van) from the airport to the hotel parked in the front and we were helped with the luggage and escorted to the lobby. The lobby has a Thai-style ambience and is quite big with a few counters.

I handed out our passports and soon we were taken to the 3rd floor Club Lounge for a more relaxed check-in.

Seating in Dusit Thani Bangkok Club Lounge




Friendly associates took care of, brought us drinks and went through the check-in formalities. As we arrived early in the morning - our Finnair flight AY89 landed in Suvarnabhumi airport at about 07:15 - I didn't expect the room to be ready yet. And sure enough it wasn't. We were offered a chance to get to have the room rather soon for paying some extra.

I took the offer since we were quite tired after a longish flight. Breakfast was included as well, so we decided to have a bit to eat and our daughter was especially happy since she wasn't too fond of the airplane breakfast.






Dusit Club Room


During the breakfast one of the staff came over to tell that our room was ready and we proceeded there immediately after we finished eating. The Dusit Club Rooms are located in the upper floors. Ours was in the 18th floor facing Lumphini Park. As the size of the room is about 60sqm we had ample space to spread out. The requested extra bed was already made and our luggage was waiting, so we took a quick shower and a little nap. The double bed was big and comfortable, and felt quite awesome after a sleepless night in an airplane.


Living room in Dusit Thani Bangkok Club Room




An extra bed near in Dusit Thani Bangkok Club Room



Bathroom is large and has a separate bath tub and a shower. A toilet seat is in a corner shielded a bit by a wall but there isn't a separate door inside the bathroom for privacy. Perhaps the new Dusit will have a different solution...


Bathroom Dusit Thani Bangkok





Toiletries are Dusit's own products and there were two sets ready in the bathroom.






Dusit Thani Bangkok Club Lounge


Dusit Club Lounge is on the 3rd floor and is for the use of guests in the club rooms and suites. Breakfast was quite OK in the lounge, though there was obviously a little less variety than in the main restaurant. A few different juices, pastries and bread, maki rolls, cucumber gazpacho, fruit and other items you usually find in Thai hotels. From the menu one will find made to order eggs, excellent waffles with whipped cream and blueberry jam etc. Of course it is a nice, quiet environment to enjoy the breakfast provided the lounge is not full. On the other hand the Pavilion restaurant has more variety, so the choice is yours :)


Breakfast items at club lounge, Dusit Thani Bangkok










Breakfast at Club Lounge Dusit Thani Bangkok: waffles





Evening cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served 17.30 - 19.30 and a smart casual dress code is required. There is a small selection of cocktails and mocktails, as well as beers, spirits and wines (sparkling, red and white).


Cocktail hours at Club Lounge Dusit Thani Bangkok


Cocktail hours at Club Lounge Dusit Thani Bangkok




Very pretty little portions of nibbles were available with a few hot dishes, too. Perhaps not quite enough for a real meal, but quite good indeed.










Sparkling wine and mojito, Dusit Thani Bangkok Club Lounge




Service in the lounge was fabulous: attentive and friendly and the staff were excellent with kids, too.





Facilities, service and location


We liked the little garden area in a courtyard that had quite a lot of plants and a pond with fish. It was a sweet and tranquil spot to sit for a while. Climbing about two dozen steps you´ll enter a smallish pool area and beside it is a gym. The water in the pool had good temperature, so it felt refreshing but not too cool in the Bangkok heat.













Breakfast is served in the Pavilion restaurant from 06.00 - 10.30. There is a good variety to choose from, such as hot Indian and Thai dishes, a noodle soup (fantastic!) and an omelet station, bread and pastries and sushi to name a few.

Breakfast Dusit Thani Bangkok


Pavilion Restaurant breakfast, Dusit Thani Bangkok



Coffee and tea are served to the tables and waitresses were active to pour more.
Service was excellent all around the hotel premises and facilities felt child-friendly. The personnel were really charming, professional and efficient.

Location is good for those who want to use public transportation. There are BTS and MRT lines just a few steps from the hotel, and Lumphini Park is opposite the main entrance. There are no big shopping malls just around the corner, but a short and cheap taxi ride will take you quite quickly to one of the Siam neighborhood malls if you´re not going during the rush hours. A few street food stalls were present on the side of Silom road very close to Dusit Thani, and we devoured our portions of Roti and Sticky rice with mango. If you´re looking for a great quality massage shop continue on Silom Rd for about 1km and you´ll find Dahra Beauty and Spa on the right side of the road.




Dusit Thani is an easy pick if you'd like to stay in a quality hotel in Bangkok without breaking a bank. I think the prices are reasonable for a standard room with breakfast, and if you you feel like splurging a bit, a Club room might well be worth the extra cost.

There is a very nice Thai feeling in the hotel, and it doesn't strike me as too stiff and posh like perhaps some very high-end 5 star hotels in the area that also come with a heftier price tag. The hotel isn't new, that's for certain, but for us it didn't make much difference since it was clean, we knew the establishment is old and didn't have super high expectations. Based on our two night stay we would recommend this place.